With icy weather bashing the Ozarks well into Sunday morning, MoDOT will be working tirelessly since 7 p.m. Friday night treating the roads.
But with the roads deteriorating, Assistant District Engineer Laurel McKean says the treatment kept getting washed away. Allowing the roads to refreeze which has caused dozens of slide-offs, and a road closure.
Road conditions at 9:30 PM. Freezing drizzle continues across SWMO.— MoDOT Southwest (@MoDOT_Southwest) February 11, 2018
Rte 65 CLOSED NB between CC/Evans Rd. Please use CC/J to detour around.
Latest updates at https://t.co/Y8rjLgZbWU. You will need to visit the map online, or in app, to view the latest conditions. pic.twitter.com/xw0yruCnhp
Latest conditions at 6:45 pm. Our friends at @NWSSpringfield expect it to continue through the night. Keep up w/ the Traveler Information Map at https://t.co/Y8rjLgZbWU, through our app, or call our 24 hour customer service line at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636). pic.twitter.com/jiBPUe2sDw— MoDOT Southwest (@MoDOT_Southwest) February 11, 2018
"This is one of those storms where it has been constant rain and wet conditions, and with the temperatures falling we are getting to that point where the chemicals and items that we have are just not going to keep up with the conditions."
Crews will be out through the night treating the roads with the chemicals that they have, some crews McKean says have started using aggregates to help folks gain traction on the roads.
Traveling on these roads can be very dangerous, McKean urges people to use extreme caution if they outside, and to allow for a lot of stopping distance.
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